Tokyo Ghoul – Episode 12 [Final Impression]
Shit just got real.
At first, I thought the wrench-like tool wasn’t being used but I was proven wrong when Kaneki revealed that Yamori was using it to cut off his fingers and toes… and once they regenerated, Yamori would cut them again to fill a keg with his blood (Like, eww – WHY?). Yamori forced him to count backwards from 1000 by 7’s to keep the Kaneki sane in the mist of his torture.
Kaneki explores his childhood and the relationship he had with his mother each time he meets Rize. His mother was a kind, honest woman who worked multiple jobs in order to support herself, Kaneki, and her sister; she even worked at home. Kaneki’s father died before he can remember but he got into reading because of the massive book collection his dad left behind. Kaneki’s mother died from being overworked; She pushed herself to the edge trying to provide for her sister, who struggled financially, and Kaneki resented her for it. He had no one until Hide came along and he remained his only support.
As he’s describing his relationship with his mother to Rize, he tells her that his mother always told him, “It’s better to be hurt than to hurt others“. He’s always lived his life around this quote, believing that he should always cater to the needs and wants of others – even if it’s going to hurt him – to avoid conflict.
Rize asks him if being nice is what got him in this situation.
Before he can answer, the couple who promised a way out for Kaneki are presented to him by Yamori – He tells him to chose which one he wants to save or Yamori will kill them both. He can’t decide and offers his own life; Yamori mercilessly kills them in front of him, the woman first, driving the man to insanity before his own demise.
Rize returns, constantly in his ear telling him that being nice has gotten him nowhere but hurt and not reacting his been detrimental to, not just himself but, the people around him. She told him that he’s weak and asked if he was ready to accept her into his reality – To which he answers that he’s not, he’s gonna suppress her but the world is wrong & he’s going to do something about it.
The doves are closing in on their location, so Yamori asks Kaneki if he is ready to die or be eaten – White Haired Kaneki emerges from his chair & gives Yamori the being of his life. Not only does Kaneki pummel him… but he eats him as well.
As much as I enjoyed watching Kaneki slaughter and consume Yamori, I was disappointed with this ending. The One-Eyed Owl facing the CCG and a showdown between Toka and Ayato would have made this immensely better. This show, overall, was really good but it was definitely rushed. Since starting the manga, I’ve noticed a lot of gaps and areas of the anime where very important things or situations (like The Aogiri Tree) were not explained enough. As a viewer, it’s important to make everything easily understandable regardless of if we read the manga or not. There were many scenes where flashbacks didn’t seem appropriate or didn’t add anything to the episode, fights seems spontaneous and/or pointless without knowing their origin, and characters (like Ayato, Hide, and even Nishio) were pretty much background characters that they could’ve easily drawn out to elaborate and pull the plot together better. Can we talk about how any part of this show that was remotely exciting or interesting was grossly censored to the point of not even knowing what the fuck you were looking at? WHY? WHYYYY?! There was a part of this episode where Kaneki’s leg go twisted and I was like, “WHY IS THAT CENSORED?” because I imagine, if it’s like any other anime on Earth, the twist didn’t include bones sticking out. The censoring took away from each episode. The opening and ending music were frickin’ great; especially the OP visuals.
The show wasn’t complete and utter TRASH so, if I had to rate it… I’d give it a 7/10